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The act of love, writes Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski in Towards a Poor Theatre, involves making oneself vulnerable; so does the act of theatre - or in fact any art, including poetry

Uttaran Das Gupta 

Uttaran Das Gupta

An early poem in the book under review, “Syntax of Thieving”, yokes the act of theft and the act of love. “This poem is an exercise in shop-/ lifting. It extols the personal without permission.” The poem uses several synonyms for theft — loot, burglary, pilferage, hijack.

It is addressed to an unnamed “you”; a reader might imagine this person to be the beloved of the poet or the narrator. The final lines of the poem declare: “This is an act of theft, / but so are all things love.” One wonders if there is a comma missing after ...

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First Published: Fri, January 17 2020. 21:17 IST
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